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Nikon D810 vs D800/D800E comparison sheet

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Nikon D810 vs D800/D800E comparison sheet

After witnessing the introduction of a new full frame DSLR camera, we are comparing the newer model with its older siblings in the ultimate Nikon D810 vs D800/D800E comparison sheet.

Nikon has launched a replacement for both the D800 and D800E. Now there is only one version, it is called D810, and it consists of a model that comes with a new, but similar 36.3-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor to the one found in its forerunners.

The D810 does not have an anti-aliasing filter, so you could say that it resembles the D800E more. Either way, a lot of you may be reluctant to upgrade your camera. This is why Nikon wants to persuade you to upgrade with the help of sample images and videos captured with the D810.

Nevertheless, the official sample photos and videos may also not be enough. In this case, here is a Nikon D810 vs D800/D800E comparison, which shows exactly what has changed in the new DSLR when compared to its predecessors.

Nikon D810 comparison D800 and D800E
Nikon D810 takes on its forerunners, the D800 and D800E. A lot of things have changed for the better, so check out the table below to find out everything you need to know about the new DSLR camera!

Feature compared

Nikon D810

Nikon D800 / D800E

Sensor and Resolution
Sensor35.9 x 24mm35.9 x 24mm
Resolution36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor
without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
D800: 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor
D800E: 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor includes Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) with anti-aliasing properties removed
Image Quality
Image Processing EngineEXPEED 4
30% faster than EXPEED 3
Low noise throughout the range
Supports 1080 60p
Up to approx. 1200 shots per charge and 40 minutes of video recording
EXPEED 3
ISO Sensitivity Range64 to 12,800
Lo1 (ISO 32) to Hi2 (ISO 51,200)
100-6400
Lo1 (ISO 50) to Hi2 (ISO 25,600)
File Format12-bit and 14-bit NEF (RAW) File support
JPEG- fine (approx. 1: 4), normal (approx. 1: 8), basic (approx. 1:16) TIFF (RGB)
12-bit and 14-bit NEF (RAW) File support
JPEG- fine (approx. 1: 4), normal (approx. 1: 8), basic (approx. 1:16)TIFF (RGB)
RAW SIZE S12-bit uncompressedNo
Picture ControlStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and Flat
• Flat Picture Control added: ideal for video capture
• Clarity option added to all Picture Control settings
• Settings can be changed in 0.25 steps for finer control
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape
Metering System
3D Color Matrix Metering III (91k RGB Sensor)YesYes
Advanced Scene Recognition SystemYes
Group Area AF added
Yes
Highlight Weighted MeteringYes
Ideal for spot/stage lit scenes
No
Face-detection analysis for viewfinder shootingOn/Off possible with custom settingAlways On
White Balance
Spot White Balance when using Live ViewYesNo
Preset White Balance1-6 is possible1-3 is possible
Auto Focus
AF SensorAdvanced Multi-CAM 3500FXAdvanced Multi-CAM 3500FX
Group Area AFYes
Five AF sensors used as a Group Optimized for subjects located within an area covered by the “Group”
No
Dynamic AF Modes9/21/51/51 points w/3D Tracking, Group Area AF, Auto Area AF9/21/51/51 points w/3D Tracking, Auto Area AF
Release Modes
Frame Advance Rate5 fps in FX/5:4 Crop Mode
6 fps in DX/1.2X Crop Mode
7 fps in DX Crop Mode with
MB-D12 with AA batteries
4 fps with AF/AE
5 fps in 1.2X and DX Crop Mode
6 fps in DX Crop Mode with
MB-D12 with AA batteries
Unlimited Continuous ShootingIdeal for creating star trails
CL and CH Mode: 4-30 second exposures
As long as media cards battery life allows
(Use third party software to merge images)
No
Image Stability Enhancements
Redesigned Sequencer / Balancer MechanismYes
Operates in Q (Quiet) or QC (Quiet Continuous Mode)
No
Electronic Front-curtain ShutterYes
Image sensor acts as the front curtain reducing internal vibrations
Activated with Custom Settings or when using Live View
No
Video
Frame Size and Frame Rate1920 x 1080 60/30/24p
(including 60p output to an external recorder under limited conditions)
1920 x 1080 30/24p
FX and DX FormatsYesYes
ISO RangeISO 64 to 12,800
Up to Hi2
ISO 100 to 6400
Up to Hi2
Simultaneous Recording: Memory Card plus External RecorderYesNo
Selectable Audio Frequency RangeYes Wide/VoiceNo
Interval Timer Exposure SmoothingYesNo
Time-Lapse Exposure SmoothingYesNo
Number or Images in Time-lapse / Interval Timer SequencesUp to 9,999Up to 999
Power Aperture Control using Internal Memory CardsYesNo
Auto ISO in Manual Mode for Smooth Exposure TransitionsYesNo
Built-in Stereo MicrophoneYesNo
One Button Zoom Image PreviewYesNo
Highlight Display (Zebra Stripes) in Live ViewYesNo
LCD Monitor
Size and Resolution3.2 inch
Approx. 1229k-Dot
3.0 inch
Approx. 921k-Dot
Live View FunctionsSplit Screen Display Zoom (Stills)
Zebra stripes/Highlight Display (Video)
No
Camera Handling
ErgonomicsDeeper Grip
i (secondary Info) Button added for faster operation
Color Customization for LCD Monitor
No
Optical ViewfinderImproved coatings on optical glass render brighter and more accurate color
Organic EL Information display makes it easier to make adjustments under bright/dim conditions
No
Full aperture metering during Live View for stillsYesNo
Live View – Image AreaCan be selected while in Live View for stillsNo
BatteryOne EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-Ion
Approx. 1200 shots (in Single-frame mode, based on CIPA Standard)
One EN-EL15 battery Rechargeable Li-Ion
Approx. 900 shots (in Single-frame mode, based on CIPA Standard)

Another thing worth noting is that both generations are offering support for USB 3.0, which is useful when transferring files to a computer via USB. Furthermore, the D810 and its predecessors come packed with an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot and another one for a CF card.

If you are sold, then you should be aware that the Nikon D810 will begin shipping in late July for a price situated a little under $3,300. The new DSLR can be pre-ordered at the aforementioned price at both Amazon and B&H Photo Video.

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